Subject: Re: Motivating support contracts
From: Brian Bartholomew <>
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 1998 01:47:30 -0400

> If the producer spent $1K on something he/she can only sell to 10
> people and the product is only worth $10 to them, the producer
> deserves to go out of business.

If you're one of the purchasers, you'll be irritated if you were
counting on the company to make a future for your product.  Sometimes
you want the vendor to be profitable.

> If it turns out that the producer sells 1000 copies, should he/she
> send a $9 refund to each of the purchasers?

Why not?  Financial transactions at web-hit prices open up a whole new
world of possible arrangements between buyer and seller.

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